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“Can get there by foot from cruise ship”

Alaska Raptor Center
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$89.00*
and up
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and Wildlife Encounter
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Sitka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Growing from a backyard, volunteer-run operation, the Alaska Raptor Center has become Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center, as well as one of the state's premier visitor attractions.Each year, the Alaska Raptor Center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Our goal is to release our patients back into the wild; some, however, are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild even after rehabilitation. These birds may join our Raptors-in-Residence, providing excitement and education for more than 36,000 annual visitors and for the 15,000 schoolchildren we reach through the Adopt-A-Raptor program and Classroom Presentations around the country.The Alaska Raptor Center's 17-acre campus borders the Tongass National Forest, a temperate coastal rainforest, and the Indian River in Sitka, Alaska, and features award-winning natural habitats for our 19 Raptors-in-Residence.
Reviewed September 6, 2013

I enjoyed the Raptor Center, but I would not place it as a #1 thing to do as it appears on TA. I enjoyed the Totem Park more so, where you can spend a good amount of time strolling, watching eagles in the wild, and taking pictures of totem poles – all this for free.

At the Raptor Center, you pay admission, and it does not take long at all to see the whole Center.

However, the Center is an excellent opportunity to get a close-up photo of an eagle (although there will be cage wires in the foreground).

The Raptor Center is right next to the Totem Park, so you can easily do them both. In fact, you can easily see a few sites on your own without booking through the expensive cruise excursions. For instance, we did the Russian Bishop’s House, Totem Park, and the Raptor Center – all on foot and on our own. We even had time to explore the town as well afterwards.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This was a delightful surprise. We visited on August 31 It's
rather intimate and welcoming, considering it is a serious rehab facility and the only raptor center in Alaska. The staff was knowledgeable and pleased to answer all questions. The birds are in various stages of rehab...many with their own unique personalities. I learned a lot and found it very enjoyable. Be sure to walk the grounds where the "permanent residents" are in more natural surroundings.

Thank Shirley76
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you want to see eagles and other raptors up close, this is the place to go. The presentation they give is very interesting and informative. There are a great number of wounded or injured eagles that have been rescued and are being healed and released.

Thank MauiDonL
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We enjoyed the walk from town through part of the National Park and over a pretty bridge with stream below, surrounded by majestic trees. Even saw Bald Eagles on the way. Once out of the park the directions to the Raptor Centre were not very clear but realised you had to turn left. Once there we firstly enjoyed going into a room where were seated, given a short informative talk and had the pleasure of a close encounter with a Bald Eagle and its lady handler - a great photo opportunity. Also loved the natural outside area where other birds were living, but for my money you can't go past the beautiful owls. Keep up the great work you are doing.

Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Alaska Raptor Center was a pre-trip stop to our Alaskan Dream cruise. It set a wonderful tone of conservation and appreciation for some of Alaska's most fascinating creatures. Up close views and great explanations from the staff. Don't miss!

Thank NRMomof4
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